George Clooney and Grant Heslov, who both co-wrote “Good Night, and Good Luck,” will co-write a dramedy for Warner Bros. Pictures seen as a potential directing and starring vehicle for Clooney reports Variety.
Entitled “Escape From Tehran,” it details how CIA operative Tony Mendez, with the help of Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers, used a fake movie project to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.
Chambers and fellow make-up artist Bob Sidell launched Studio Six Prods. and announced their first movie project to be shot in Iran. Trade publications were duped into writing news stories on the film and when Mendez landed, he had the Americans pretend they were Canadians on a scouting trip for a big-budget Hollywood epic.
Warners has snapped up the film rights to Joshuah Berman’s Wired magazine article on the story and set it up with the pair’s Smoke House production company.